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SDPA CE Event - The New California Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Requirements

  • 03/11/2023
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Zoom


The New California Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Requirements:  What You Need to Know - 2 APA CE Credits


PRESENTED BY:  Bruce S. Liese, PhD, ABPP
                              Raymond Trybus, PhD

DATE/TIME: Saturday, March 11, 2023 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


TARGET AUDIENCE:  CA Licensed Psychologists



On January 1st of this year, California implemented new Continuing Professional Development (CPD) regulations for individuals renewing their Psychologist licenses.  These regulations replace the former Continuing Education (CE) requirements and provide more diverse opportunities for professional development.  The purpose of this workshop is to provide attendees with an overview of the new regulations.  Drs. Liese and Trybus, representing the SDPA Continuing Education Committee, will provide an overview of the CPD process, based on material published and distributed by the California Board of Psychology and publicly available information from the California Psychological Association.  They will discuss some benefits of the new regulations and direct attendees to additional resources for understanding and navigating these regulations.  They will also give examples of professional development activities and experiences and how these might be categorized under the new system. Over two hours, participants will receive lectures and published materials, participate in discussions regarding the CPD and have opportunities to ask questions of presenters.

In order to get APA CE credit for this program, participants must attend for the entire presentation, keep their cameras on, and complete the program evaluation afterward.


Those who attend this workshop will be able to:

1. Explain the major differences between "old" CE requirements and "new" CPD requirements.

2. List the four continuing professional development categories.

3. Provide at least one example of a specific activity under each of these categories.

4. Describe how the new CPD system provides potential for actual professional developments.


Course Accreditation

SDPA is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SDPA maintains responsibility for its courses and their content.  

The California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) continues to recognize APA as an approved provider of continuing education for LCSWs, LMFTs, LPCCs, and LEPs.  SDPA also welcomes members of the public to attend its courses.

The Continuing Education (CE) Committee  receives and approves course proposals in accordance with guidelines presented for APA sponsors of continuing education.   

CE Course Policies

CE ATTENDANCE/CANCELLATION POLICY:  To receive CE credit and certificates, participants must sign-in and sign-out of the course.  CE credit and certificates will not be issued to those that arrive more than ten minutes after the start time or leave prior to sign-out.  Sign-in sheets will be taken up ten minutes after the start time and replaced for sign-out at the end of the program.  This policy is strictly enforced.  No refund will be given to any registered individual who is a no-show to a course.  Any registrant canceling within 72 hours of a course will be refunded 50% of the course fee. 

CE CONFLICTS OF INTEREST POLICY:  As an APA-approved sponsor of continuing education, SDPA is committed to the identification and resolution of potential conflicts of interest in the planning, promotion, delivery, and evaluation of continuing education. Consistent with concepts outlined in the APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct, potential conflicts of interest occur when an individual assumes a professional role in the planning, promotion, delivery, or evaluation of continuing education where personal, professional, legal, financial, or other interests could reasonably be expected to impair their objectivity, competence, or effectiveness.  Any questions regarding conflicts of interest related to a CE course presentation should be directed to the SDPA Office.

CE DIVERSITY POLICY:  SDPA selects presenters and develops program content for its continuing education that respects cultural, individual and role differences, including those based on age, gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, language, and socioeconomic status.  SDPA maintains committees whose focuses are on diversity issues.  These committees are encouraged to work with the CE Committee and the President and Board to propose culturally competent educational programming.  In addition, the President and Board work to increase recruitment of psychologists. from diverse communities into membership and leadership positions in SDPA; to recruit prospective continuing education course presenters from these communities as well as those with education, training and clinical experience working with persons from these diverse communities.

CE ACCOMMODATIONS FOR DISABILITY POLICY:  SDPA ensures that all continuing education programs accommodate individuals with disabilities, according to the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  Particular attention is paid to issues of accessibility, customer service and publicity.  Most continuing education programs are presented at the SDPA Office that is located in an ADA compliant building.  When larger continuing education events are scheduled, the CE Committee ensures that the venues selected are accommodating as well.  Signage is utilized to communicate the locations of accessible parking, toilets and communication resources.

Course promotion materials clearly state SDPA's commitment to nondiscrimination and accessibility and work to communicate to prospective participants the availability of ADA compliant resources.  Course registration materials request specific information regarding accommodations necessary for participants.

SDPA prepares all staff and volunteers at the continuing education events to serve individuals with disabilities in a knowledgeable and sensitive manner.  This includes respect for autonomy and agency: accommodation for the need for more time to communicate, complete required tasks, and move from one location to the next; and availability of information regarding the location of communication equipment, accessible bathrooms, and ramps.  Program staff members ensure the identification and availability of staff members to handle inquiries and requests related to disability.

Course promotional materials are offered in multiple formats and media (print, internet based, radio or television) to ensure wide dissemination.  Print materials are reviewed to increase accessibility for the visually impaired and are also disseminated on internet-based platforms (website, social media) to increase accessibility.  When necessary, CE Committee staff members will work with local disability advocacy groups to publicize events to members of the community who may not be reached by traditional media.

CE GRIEVANCE POLICY:  SDPA is fully committed to conducting all activities in strict conformance with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles of Psychologists. SDPA will comply with all legal and ethical responsibilities to be non-discriminatory in promotional activities, program content and in the treatment of program participants. The monitoring and assessment of compliance with these standards will be the responsibility of the chair(s) of the Continuing Education (CE) Committee, the chair(s) of the Ethics Committee and the chair(s) of the Workshop/Conference, if applicable.

While SDPA goes to great lengths to assure fair treatment for all participants and attempts to anticipate problems, there will be occasional issues that come to the attention of the CE Course or workshop/conference staff which require intervention and/or action on the part of the CE Course or workshop/conference staff or an executive officer of SDPA. This procedural description serves as a guideline for handling such grievances.

When a participant, either orally or in written format, files a grievance and expects action on the complaint, the following actions will be taken. 

1.  If the grievance concerns a speaker, the content presented by the speaker, or the style of presentation, the individual filing the grievance will be asked to put their comments in written format.  The chair(s) of the CE Committee or the chair(s) of the workshop/conference will then pass on the comments to the speaker, assuring the confidentiality of the grieved individual.

2.  If the grievance concerns a CE Course or a workshop/conference course offering, it's content, level of presentation, or the facilities in which the CE Course or the workshop/conference was offered, the chair(s) of the CE Committee or the chair(s) of the workshop/conference, respectively, will mediate and will be the final arbitrator.  If the participant requests action, the chair(s) of the CE Committee or the chair(s) of the workshop/conference will:

a.  Attempt to move the participant to another course or

b.  Provide a credit for a subsequent year's course or

c.  Provide a partial or full refund of the course fee.

Actions 2b and 2c will require a written note, documenting the grievance, for record keeping purposes.  The note need not be signed by the grieved individual.

3.  If the grievance concerns the SDPA CE program, in a specific regard, the chair(s) of the CE Committee will attempt to arbitrate.

Please contact the SDPA Office Manager (see below) to submit a complaint, or if you have additional questions.

CE Complaint Form


(858) 277-2463 

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